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Frequently Asked Questions
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How do I enter?
The first step in entering is logging in with your ANA account credentials. If you don't have credentials, it is easy to set up a free ANA Account. Just click this link - https://www.ana.net/account/request You do not have to be a member to enter. There is no cost to estabilshing credentials. If you have an account and forgot your username or password, resetting it is simple and fast — just follow the on-screen prompts when you click the Log In button. If you are an ANA member, log in with your ANA account credentials to be eligible for a discounted entry fee. Once you create and access the site with a username and password, you will be able to begin the submission process for one or multiple entries across as many categories as your campaign qualifies. You may save and return to your work at any time during the competition period.
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Once you’ve completed your entry, you will be prompted to finalize and pay your entry fee(s) before the final deadline. If payment for an entry is not submitted by the deadline, it will not qualify to be included in the subsequent judging rounds and will be removed from the competition.
- Open Call for Entries: October 23, 2023
- Early-Bird Deadline: December 31, 2023
- Standard Entry Deadline: February 2, 2024
- Final Entry Deadline: March 1, 2024
- Up to Early-Bird Deadline: $450/$575
- After Early-Bird Deadline and up to Standard Deadline: $550/$675
- After Standard and up to Final Entry Deadline: $650/$775
- Top Awards: $650
- GEM Award: $350
Award Entry Audit Optional Fee:
An Entry Audit is a resource that provides insight into how your submission did in the competition. It notes which sections of your case submission were the strongest and which were weakest, shares how your entry fared within its category and within the competition overall, plus feedback that judges provided specifically about your entry.
You may purchase an Entry Audit for your submission at the time of entry at a special discounted rate of $200 per submission. Once the entry phase is closed, you can order an Audit for the standard fee of will be $350.
Please note: Once an entry has been submitted and payment processed, refunds will not be issued.
Who can submit an entry?
Anyone. You do not have to be an ANA member to enter. Corporate marketing teams, agencies, media firms, service providers, in-house agencies, or anyone who worked on a B2B campaign during the qualifying period is eligible to enter this competition.
What campaigns are eligible?
Any B2B marketing campaign that began or ended during the calendar year of 2023.
Can I submit more than one entry?
Yes, you can enter as many entries in as many categories as you wish. Often, campaigns will involve multiple marketing techniques that could fit into more than one category that are worthy of individual recognition.
If you choose to enter the same campaign in multiple categories, you will be asked to explain how it fits into the parameters of each. Entering your campaign in more than one category will increase your chances of winning, but it is important to clearly explain why it is appropriate for each to improve your chances with the judges.
How easy is it to enter the B2 Awards?
The B2 Awards system is easy to use and leads you clearly through the entry process. You will be able to register, submit your application, and copy your entries into various categories with one fluid process.
What do I need to complete my entry?
To enter the B2 Awards, you will need to fully complete the entry submission form. You will also need to upload supporting creative materials (images, videos, etc.) for your campaign.
Tech Specifications for Creative Examples
Image Files: Submit images in PDF, GIF, PNG, or JPG format.
Audio Files: Submit audio files in MP3, MP4, WAV, or WMA format.
- Format: WMA/WMV files are not accepted.
- Codec: ProRes 422, H.264, MP4, M4V, or uncompressed MOV
- Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1280x720 for 16:9 format; 1440x1080 or 960x720 for 4:3 format. File should be at least 100MB per 60 seconds of video.
- Length: Video to be limited to 180 seconds, with a suggested runtime of 120 seconds.
- If your marketing effort includes commercials/video elements, be sure to include the full 60-, 30-, etc. second spot to reflect how the target audience experienced it. For longer video elements, be sure to cap at 180 seconds.
- Case study videos are allowed and tend to be well received by the judges.
Do NOT include the agency name (or indicate/mention the name of the agency) except where specifically indicated on the entry form. Any mention of the submitting agency in the body of the Entry Form is grounds for disqualification.
How do I submit multiple entries? Can I submit the same entry in more than one category?
The application system will allow you to submit more than one entry. If there are major differences between your entries, you will likely want to begin a new entry from scratch. You can do so by clicking on the “Make Another Application” link on the left-hand side of the submission page; this will create a blank application, and you can enter information that is completely new. You also have the option of copying your entry by clicking the “Copy Submission” link in your account.
The application system will allow you to submit more than one entry. You have two options to choose from that will allow you to accomplish this.
- If you are submitting a new campaign, you will want to begin a new entry from scratch. You can do so by clicking on the "START ENTRY" selection on the upper menu. This will create a blank application, and you can enter information that is completely new.
- If you are submitting the same campaign into another category(s) entries are very similar, go to the completed application and select "Copy Application".
*Alternatively, you will have the option to check a box to submit a completed entry to another category at the bottom of the form. Once the box is checked, select "Add to Cart" and you will be directed to a new page where you can choose the additional category(s).
Note: Only submissions that are fully completed can be duplicated. Once you have added your submission to your shopping cart, it will appear as complete under your "My Applications" link on the left side of your screen. You will then see an option to "Copy Application" into another category. This will add the copied submission into your incomplete list and allow you to edit it by clicking on the "Edit" link under "Action". Remember to select the new category and update any questions that are category specific.
Is there a sample entry form that I can review and fill out offline?
A sample entry form listing ALL the essentials, including the file specifications for the creative/content elements, is available as an editable Word Document (.docx). There are four unique sample forms depending on the categories you are entering. Please note these are only for you and your team to use offline to help you prepare your submissions. You cannot submit the Word document. All elements of your entries will need to be directly typed into the entry system portal.
- General Award Categories Sample Submission Form
- B2B Agency Award Sample Submission Form
- Multi-Year Impact Award Sample Submission Form
- Individual Marketer of The Year Sample Submission Form
Can I view my submission before finalizing?
You can view your in-progress application by clicking on the “My Applications” link on the left side of your account and then clicking “Edit” to make updates.
How often can I edit my entry?
You have access to edit and update your entry as often as you would like until you “Check Out” (finalize and pay for any entries in your shopping cart). Once you have submitted your entry, you will have access to the read-only file. All entries must be finalized and submitted before the deadline. All entries not finalized before the deadline will not be judged.
To edit your entry, log in to your account and you will see all the entries you have in your account. Click on “Edit” on any of the entries listed to make changes to your submission.
Can I submit a link/URL of a website or microsite that was used in the campaign?
Yes, you can enter a link in the URL field in your entry. However, please be sure the link is live and will be live until after the 2024 ANA Masters of B2B Marketing Conference (once the winners have been announced). Some judges prefer viewing all the materials in the submission and not linking to a separate window, so we recommend taking screen grabs of the site and putting them in a PDF and uploading the PDF to your submission if possible.
Can I print my B2 Award entry?
Yes. To print your entry while you are still working on it, use the Print function of your browser. This will print the page you are on. Please click through each page of your application and use the Print function of your browser to print each part.
Once your entry is marked as “Complete,” you will be able to print your entire B2 Award entry at once. To complete your entry, you must “Check Out” and pay for your entry. Then you will be able to print using the “Print” link.
What are the entry requirements?
- Creative you are submitting must have been implemented during the 2022 calendar year.
- Entry materials must be submitted through the online entry form.
- No physical submission required.
- You must provide downloadable files or URLs for links to websites, video files, or audio files, as well as links to blogs, social media, etc.
- Descriptive fields are each limited in characters, so please be mindful when entering descriptions.
Can others view my entry before it is submitted?
Yes, if you provide others with your B2 Awards entry system login information, they can then enter your account and see your entry. You may also print your entry, and share it that way.
Who won last year’s B2 Awards?
Click here to view our list of last year's winners.
Are there Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards in every category?
The bar set by the jury in determining which submissions were worthy of B2 Awards has never been higher — a threshold of achievement needs to be met to earn a Gold, Silver, or Bronze B2 Award. Some categories will not be awarding all three levels of B2s and some categories may not achieve award winners at all. If a category is only eligible for one level award, it will be noted.
How do I write an award-winning submission?
We have a series of resources to help you, including case studies from last year’s winners here.
(Please note that this content is available for ANA members only.)
When and where will the B2 Awards be presented?
Please visit the Gala page for details.
How do I become a sponsor of the B2 Awards?
Sponsorship packages are available and can be customized and tailored to meet your company’s business needs. To learn how to become a sponsor or for more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Sponsorship team today at email@example.com.
How do I become an ANA member?
To learn how to become an ANA member, please visit our website.
2024 ANA B2 Awards Terms and Conditions are available on the Terms and Conditions page.
What if my campaign results are not in before the regular deadline?
Enter as many results as you can by that point in time (i.e., selling results) and indicate that your final results were not available before your submission. There must be some results included to qualify.
What if my results are confidential?
The B2 Awards are judged on results. Your entry should have at the minimum indices to show the judges the results, or handled in such a way that does not create any confidentiality issues for you.
What should I do if my client does not want to share results?
Consider including additional program goals that may have been unspoken secondary goals, or even sub-goals. Make sure that the results that you are able to share connect to your program goals in some capacity, or use metrics that can show clear value.
Judging and Timelines
- General Awards Judging: March 2024
- Top Awards Judging: April 2024
- B2 Awards Gala: June 13, 2024 at the ANA Masters of B2B Marketing Conference which is being held June 12-14, 2024 at the Ritz Carlton Naples in Naples, Florida.
Client-side marketer corporate members make up a good portion of the ANA B2 Awards judges and jury. B2B professionals from all areas of the ANA, including chapter leaders and committee members, also participate. The jurist candidates are screened by the ANA and are assigned to judge entries from categories in which they have expertise. Judges do not participate in the evaluation of campaigns or categories in which they had any involvement.
Winners will be revealed at the B2 Awards Gala on June 13 that is being held live and in person at the ANA Masters of B2B Marketing Conference being held June 12-14, 2024 in Naples, Florida.
All the categories, including the Top Award Categories, can be found on the Categories page.
The Top Awards recognize the select few in our B2B community — marketers, agencies, individuals, teams, and marketing solutions providers considered to be “master class.” To win, you must show successful strategic design, superior creative insight, exceptional application, and tactical implementation that culminate in measurable and demonstrable business results and growth that go beyond simply meeting a business goal and approach setting a new standard.
Winners show a sustained high level of excellence, representing a diverse portfolio of expertise, and the effective implementation of business marketing solutions and thought leadership in B2B marketing. Submissions need to showcase a comprehensive collection of B2B marketing — at least three areas of expertise needs to be showcased.
The ANA reserves the right to reassign any/all submissions to ensure entries are appropriately categorized.
When can I expect my trophy? Where will it be shipped?
After the Awards Gala, all award winners will have the opportunity to arrange for their trophies via a customized B2 Award trophy website. A link will be posted on this site after the gala.